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IEF Welcomes New Secretary General

1 July 2020

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The International Energy Forum (IEF) today welcomed Joseph McMonigle of the United States as its new Secretary General. 

Mr. McMonigle begins his four-year term on July 1 as the IEF’s fifth Secretary General and the first US citizen to hold the position.

“I am honored by executive board’s confidence in electing me as Secretary General,” Mr. McMonigle said.  “I look forward to working with the board and Secretariat staff to facilitate and strengthen the dialogue of important energy issues and challenges facing our member countries.”

With over 25 years in the public and private energy sectors, Mr. McMonigle is well known as an energy policy expert, geopolitical strategist, and leading analyst of energy markets. 

Mr. McMonigle comes to the IEF from The Abraham Group, an international energy consulting firm he co-founded and based in Washington, DC.  

Previously, Mr. McMonigle was Vice Chairman of the International Energy Agency Board of Governors (2003-2005) and Chief of Staff at the US Department of Energy (DOE) during the George W. Bush Administration (2002-2005). In addition to his other duties at DOE, Mr. McMonigle also served as Co-Chair of the US-China Energy Working Group (2003-2005).

The IEF is the world’s largest gathering of Energy Ministers from both producing and consuming countries as well as transit states. The IEF’s 70 member countries represent 90 percent of global supply and demand for oil and gas. Member countries cooperate under the neutral framework of the IEF to foster greater mutual understanding and awareness of common energy interests to ensure global energy security. 

The Secretary General serves as Chief Executive and Head of Mission of the IEF, which is headquartered in the Diplomatic Quarter of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.